The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA NSW) has fined four companies handling waste tyres for breaking rules over weighbridges.
Apex Rubber Recycling Pty Ltd in Riverwood, Renew Rubber Pty Ltd in Greenacre, 7 Star Tyres Pty Ltd in Sefton and BSV Tyre Recycling Australia Pty Ltd in Revesby were found to not have weighbridges installed at their facilities, a requirement of the revised Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014.
Since 1 November 2014, the updated rules mean all licensed waste facilities subject to the waste levy must install a weighbridge. All new levy liable waste facilities, including licensed waste tyre facilities, had to have this in place by 1 February 2016. The reforms aim to tackle illegal dumping, reducing the illegal storage of waste at facilities and reducing the waste levy fraud.
As the four companies had breached the rules EPA NSW issued penalty notices of $1500 each to the four businesses on 1 June.
Explaining the penalties, EPA NSW Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said “Throughout 2015, the EPA contacted the waste facilities to remind them of the requirements to install and use a weighbridge by February 2016.
“We also ran an educational forum specifically for the waste tyre industry to outline the new requirements, including the requirements to install and use a weighbridge. This was attended by representatives from all the relevant waste tyre recyclers in NSW.”